Daily Devotional

Season of Drought

by Simon Whitton

5 This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.
7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NIV)

This passage is about the hard places and the difficult times in life. The description is of a parched area of desert, wastelands or salt land where no one lives. Perhaps your life looks bleak in some way; you don't see the provision you need, or you are lonely, distressed about something. Maybe you see life receding or being wasted. You just can't see the point. Even the circumstances of nature may seem like they are against you. This is a period of drought.

With every passing day, a drought can sap your strength, leaving you dry and needy. How do you respond to this? In the past I have focused on the circumstances, struggling to control them or the people involved, and have even seen myself as a victim. But when we do this, we are trusting in men or our own strength, and our heart turns away from the Lord, or we disregard Him.

God is not only God when our circumstances are good. Isn't it God who controls the forces of nature, the position of the sun and moon; how much more can he control our circumstances. He brings all the seasons, the rain and the sun. He makes some places lush and well-watered, others barren and dry. It is God who has planted you where you are, and it is God who has brought about this drought. He orchestrates the seasons of your life.

Why has God brought this difficult season upon you? Above all else God wants a deeper relationship with you, and that means you have to trust Him. It means having faith despite your circumstances. God would have you turn away from fighting for control, and instead put your faith and confidence in Him. He is the source of all you need. Do not fear the drought, but learn to trust God in it; because that's probably the reason the trial has come upon you. Once the hardship has accomplished the Lord's purposes, the rains will come again.

If the Lord allowed constant moisture, our root system would be shallow and easily uprooted by a gust of wind. It's during dry periods you put down deep roots in your relationship with God. When you trust in the Lord and put your confidence in Him, you are sending out roots into living water, a source of life that will nourish and sustain your soul in times of need.

Spend some time in prayer, and turn your heart towards the Lord. Give your circumstances over to Him, and seek Him for the sustenance you need. Then, as you put your confidence and your trust in Him you will thrive and bear fruit despite the drought.

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